Could we have planned around the injury problem?

This is my ESPN Insider column for the week.

Back on May 11, I received a trade offer in the Tout Wars Mixed Auction league. At the end of the email, the owner added this P.S.:

I'm jealous of how healthy your roster is.

I hadn't really thought about it at the time, but he was correct. Up to that point, my only...

Ron Shandler


is considered one of the pioneers in the baseball analysis and fantasy baseball industry.

Beginning in 1986, Ron was the first to develop sabermetric applications for fantasy play. His Baseball Forecaster annual celebrated its 30th anniversary edition in 2016 and the ground-breaking website he founded - - celebrated 20 years online. Also:

Columnist, (2007, 2015- ), USA Today (2008-2014)

24 Top Three finishes in national experts leagues since 1994

Advisor, St. Louis Cardinals (2004)

FSTA Lifetime Achievement Award

FSWA Hall of Fame

Complete bio

Annual disclosure statement

Where to find Ron now



Recent Articles

Can BABS really be used during the season?

In the recent readership survey, I received no fewer than a dozen comments about using BABS during the season. "How do I use it? How can it help me? Is it even a viable tool?"

These are difficult questions.

We want to be able to use BABS during the season....

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Our overflowing disabled lists

This is my ESPN Insider column for the week.

When we draft our teams each year, we count on the higher-ranked players to be more productive, more reliable and to spend more time on the field than on the disabled list.

It’s a valiant expectation. But history shows that...

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BABS Database Update – May 2017

Six weeks into the season, we would normally expect the dust to start clearing on player performance. However, the excessive number of disabled list stays is wreaking havoc with that. I'll be writing more about it in my ESPN piece this week.

In the interim, I updated the BABS database...

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Eric Thames and skills ownership

This is my ESPN Insider column for the week.

Twenty years ago, I coined a simple aphorism: "Once a player displays a skill, he owns it." It came about from experiencing the 1996 breakout performance of Henry Rodriguez. After four nondescript seasons in the majors, Rodriguez exploded in 1997...

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Taking DFS to Task in “Dueling with Kings”

Most people know my strong opinion when it comes to daily fantasy sports (DFS). From my annual disclosure statement: “I think daily fantasy sports (DFS) are an excellent, exciting variant that requires a different skills set in order to excel. I think the...

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